As insulin costs rise, many patients need help affording diabetes medication

For eligible patients who can’t afford their diabetes medication, help is available at the Wendy Novak Diabetes Center.

The cost of insulin keeps rising, making it difficult for diabetes patients to afford their lifesaving medication. Today, one vial of insulin, which manages a diabetic’s blood sugar, can cost hundreds of dollars, forcing many people with diabetes to pay exorbitant prices or even resort to rationing their doses in an attempt to manage their condition.

In response, a new Kentucky law went into effect this year that caps the copay for insulin at $30. However, many Kentuckians are still unable to use this benefit because it only applies to patients on state-regulated health insurance plans.

For eligible patients who can’t afford their diabetes medication, help is available at the Wendy Novak Diabetes Center.

Need help with diabetes medication and supplies?

The Wendy Novak Diabetes Supply Assistance Program provides insulin and diabetes supplies to patients in need.

Supplies available to eligible patients include: insulin (typically, at least a three-month supply of both long- and fast-acting insulin), testing supplies, blood glucose meters, emergency glucagon and a gas card to cover travel expenses.

“The cost of insulin can be a barrier for many of our patients, and families should not hesitate to seek help for their child’s diabetes medication and supplies,” said Shanlyn Reagan, diabetes patient care coordinator with Norton Children’s Endocrinology, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine. “Our program ensures families can still manage their child’s condition, regardless of their ability to pay or current insurance coverage status.”

Families may not have insurance coverage if a child has been newly diagnosed with diabetes, if they are new to the country, or have recently lost employment.

Norton Children’s Endocrinology

Our board-certified pediatric endocrinologists customize treatment plans for every child and can help connect families in need to available resources for assistance.

Call (502) 588-3400
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How to apply for diabetes supply assistance

Patients of Norton Children’s Endocrinology and Wendy Novak Diabetes Center are eligible to apply. Applications first must be approved in order to receive medication and/or supplies.

Complete an application by doing one of the following:

  • Apply in person during your next visit.
    • The form is available online to view or print out.
  • Call (502) 588-3400 and request more information about the Diabetes Supply Assistance Program.

This program is made possible by the Norton Children’s Hospital Foundation.